Friday, 29 August 2008

Extending friendship

First, a vocabulary.
A small exclusive group of friends or associates.
While cliques aren't unique to church, of course, but cliques within a church may prove to be problematic. Whether cliques are a problem at your church or not, as a redeemed people of God, I believe we must extend our friendship beyond our own closest and most comfortable circle of friends.
You must, if you believe in the Trinity.
God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit is in perfectly satisfying relationship to each other, yet extended his relationship to humans whom He Himself created in His image, for His capacity for love is great.
If we believe in God who goes beyond the most perfect and satisfying relationship to even sinners such as us, we must go beyond our comfortable circle of friends, who, incidentally, is not perfect nor as satisfying as the relationship our Triune God enjoys.

What practical things can we do?
Next time you invite a group of your close friends for dinner, or go out for a movie, invite someone from your church whom you are not so close to. Take an initiative in introducing him or her to your friends, and get to know him yourself too.

Some people are very good at this, and sometimes it seems very natural for them.
I suck at this.

[Note: Definition of clique quoted from]

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